YouTube moneyBecoming a YouTube partner and reaping the rewards of having ads placed on your videos was once a difficult and intimidating process. But not anymore. YouTube has now dropped all of its requirements and is now allowing all users in any one of 20 qualifying countries to become enrolled in the partner program.

As detailed on the official YouTube Partners & Creators blog this morning, producers can almost immediately have ads placed on their content and watch the money roll in:

So starting today, we are updating partner eligibility across 20 countries (listed below) where the YouTube Partner Program has launched. YouTube uploaders in these countries can become YouTube partners by enabling their YouTube accounts, and successfully monetizing at least one of their videos.

The change takes affect today in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

It won't be a completely level playing field for content producers, however; those who are new to YouTube won't receive all of the perks straight away. Custom thumbnails and banners won't instantly be available to new users, there won't necessarily be free Google advertising, and YouTube states that "programs will be tailored to partners based on their specific needs." You can visit YouTube's blog post for more information.

Of course, the downside to those of us who are simply viewers is that we're about to have a lot more ads to contend with. However, we can live with that for the sake of good content, right?

[via The Verge]